Sunday, June 29, 2014

Vintage Geraniums


If there’s one annual flower I plant every year it’s geraniums.  They’re perfect for pots, they add rich pops of colour and are pretty easy to care for, they keep blooming and blooming if you remember to dead-head them.  I love the variety of colours they come in, their beautiful deep green ruffled leaves, and I’m delighted to see these Geraniums I can enjoy all year long illustrated by Marcy!  They’re SO gorgeous!  


I decided I wanted to go a little vintage with these geraniums and shabby them up a little.  I began by softening the digi, printing it in a bit of a grey rather than in deep black.   Then, I began colouring the blooms with both Copics and finishing up with Prismacolor Pencils.  That combination of colouring mediums gives some really great depth that I enjoy.  After colouring,  I weathered up the edges of the paper with my fingernail and then sponged a lot of Ranger Distress inks into the cardstock.  

On the background layers of Kraft Cardstock I embossed and did some rich sponging too.  


For accents I added a string of various colours of sequins inspired by Nancy Thomas.  I coloured up the seambinding with Copic Reinkers in a plastic bag to match the colour of the geraniums, then finished with some linen thread.  


Here’s the Copics and Prismacolors I used.
  


And here’s the beautiful Bloom Brigade playing with today’s amazing set!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker


And be sure to see what Marcy has to say about these beauties!

17 comments:

Cammie said...

Beautifully colored image + vintage charm= stunning card!

KimCreate said...

What? Oh my gosh, stunningly gorgeous! Your card is Ah-MAZING!

Nanda said...

Beautiful colored!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow this is stunning love it Christine.

gr karin

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, wow! Christine, this is gorgeous! I just LOVE the vintage feel to this, and your geranium is so beautifully colored! It's a big WOW!! Love it, sweet friend! Hugs!

Yogi said...

very pretty. have a great day

Leslie Miller said...

Okay, this is the geranium card to end all geranium cards. I'm just going to sit here with my mouth agape. Gorgeous, Christine!

Jerri Jimenez said...

You're simply amazing sweet friend! So gorgeously colored, or should I say painted, this is a masterpiece of gorgeous, vibrant color!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Wow! This is stunning, girl! Love the combination of shabby vintage with the sparkly sequins!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Oh my goodness this is beyond beautiful. I think God gave you a double dipping of creativity <3

Marisa said...

I have lots of these in my garden this year and in my baskets :) Lovely card.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Your coloring combined with your distressing is just exquisite Christine!! I LOVE the vintage feel you've achieved and the threaded sequins add that extra bit of charm!! Gorgeous!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous, I love the vintage feel of this card, beautiful coloring, pretty sequins to border it off :) I have geraniums out front in my hanging pots, didn't know how they would do but it works great!

Katie Sims said...

I know I have said this before, but I would LOVE to just sit and watch you color! Oh, how beautiful these geraniums are. I love the color choices you made, the heavily distressed paper, and those sequins....simply amazing! Sigh...

dpkennedy said...

I love the warm vintage feel of this! And those sequins are just perfect! Beautiful!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Vintage beauty! The combo of pencils and copics is so cool. I especially like how you can use the sequence on cards, great touch.

Allison Cope said...

Wow.. the dimension of the blooms with the Copics and pencils combined is amazing! Gorgeous distressing - I just love this card Christine!